Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Amy's Garden

Each week I visit my sweet friend Amy, who is also my children's piano teacher. So when they are having their lessons, if the weather is good, I get to sit quietly in her garden and sketch.  She has a beautiful garden filled with rambling wild flowers and every time I visit, there is something different blooming.
Over the past few weeks I have been putting together a montage of the various flowers as they bloomed.  I took some liberties by adding a frangipani or two, which are one of my favorites (I think one of the things I miss the most about home is the tropical flowers). I just love the chorus of color that explodes and the beautiful insects it attracts. 
I've tried growing wildflowers in my garden, but they seem to just look messy.  I did manage to plant some beautiful garden beds filled with impatience, but sadly they were all destroyed in the recent storms.

 
These paintings represent elements of Amy's garden.  Sometimes I wonder if my love of painting colorful flowers gets boring, but it's something I feel energized by doing.  Every now and again I try something else, but I always find my way back to the flowers.

 If you'd like to see more of this montage, and the page in full, check out flickr here.

Thanks for checking in. xx